The Minnesota Daily

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U student drowns

April 17, 2006

A University student and Iraq war veteran drowned Friday in Hyland Lake in Bloomington. Simon Chung, father of victim David Chung, said police told him the cause of death was hypothermia. David Chung was...

Challenge takes on bottled water

April 14, 2006

Blindfolds, paper cups and guessing games - all for a global cause. Community leaders and activists in the Twin Cities area urged students to "Think Outside the Bottle" as part of a national campaign launched...

Chinese officials meet with Minnesotans to discuss global issues

April 11, 2006

A unifying goal of advancing biotechnology and renewable energy is bringing the Far East to the Midwest. The University is hosting a conference Wednesday with China's highest-ranking biotechnology official...

Cheaper fuel: a pipe dream?

April 11, 2006

T oney makes the world go 'round. But those who attribute an era of petroleum addiction as the culprit of major global conflicts might argue oil does. Throughout the University, experts, researchers,...

U takes lead for better barley

April 10, 2006

University researchers could improve your next glass of cold, frothy beer. The University received a major U.S. Department of Agriculture grant as the lead institution in a 30-scientist consortium that...

College of Human Ecology commemorates its legacy

April 6, 2006

More than 20,000 alumni and friends of the College of Human Ecology have been invited to celebrate its 106-year legacy with two special events Friday as the college prepares to move its four academic departments...

Como area tests Technotrash Can

April 5, 2006

The Southeast Como Improvement Association has made it possible for residents and businesses to dispose of small electronic equipment for no charge. The GreenDisk Technotrash Can at the association's office...

Local organizations look homelessness in the eye

March 30, 2006

TEditor's note: This article is the second in a two-part series about homelessness near the University. he face of homelessness has multiple expressions. Organizations and individuals throughout the University...

U team searches for more renewable-fuel advances

March 28, 2006

Prototypes blowing up inside hoods, experimenting with flammable substances and trying to turn Crisco into fuel - all in a day's work for some University researchers. Lanny Schmidt, regents' professor...

Homeless near campus share their stories

March 28, 2006

IEditor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series on homelessness at the University. Thursday's story will focus on University policies and opinions regarding homelessness. n the nooks and crannies...

Mass transit line hinges on federal approval

March 21, 2006

Before students can make their way from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis along the Central Corridor transit line, an environmental impact statement must be created and approved. Kathleen O'Brien,...

U works on shaping up rec facilities

March 9, 2006

Inside the recreational centers on campus one can find people lifting dumbbells, running on treadmills, chasing racquetballs and, of course,­­ waiting in line. Jim Turman, assistant vice provost...

U working on a better plastic made from corn

March 8, 2006

Corn moves from the cob to the job for some University researchers. Professor Shri Ramaswamy and other University researchers are working to improve the properties and performance of the bio-based polymers...

High court ruling steeped in religion

March 7, 2006

Religion, tradition and controversy - all in a cup of tea. On Feb. 21 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously to allow a congregation in New Mexico to use hallucinogenic tea as part of a four-hour, twice-a-month...

Carlson School delegates visit Capitol to ask for expansion funds

March 7, 2006

Students, faculty and staff members from the Carlson School of Management, clad in business attire, marched up the stairs of the state Capitol on Sunday with a threefold goal in mind. Thirty students and...

U pours resources, know-how into cleaning Minnesota River

March 2, 2006

Minnesota - land of 10,000 lakes, home to Paul Bunyan, home to the largest mall in America, and also home to one of the dirtiest rivers. The Minnesota River remains among the most polluted rivers in the...

Fuel for U OK’d; now no supply

February 28, 2006

The future of keeping University students warm in the cold winter months could lie in the fate of a bowl of Cheerios. On Feb. 17 the University received, after three years, a permit in the mail from the...

U plant lets St. Paul campus chill out

February 24, 2006

Historic preservation and energy efficiency are at the heart of the St. Paul campus with the new chiller plant at 1518 Cleveland Ave. N. Completed last summer, the chiller plant upgrades and improves the...

Students go online for outdoor adventure

February 23, 2006

Explorers and educators are using maps, compasses and special laptops that can survive 50-below-zero temperatures to connect environmental issues with K-12 students across the globe. This week marks the...

Students safe after Dinkytown house fire

February 20, 2006

Glass shards and pieces of burned wood paneling surround 1117 Eighth St. S.E., where a fire broke out early Sunday morning, leaving the house condemned. Around 1:15 a.m., Andy Cary, a political science...

Learning-abroad options focus on the environment

February 16, 2006

In an attempt to address global environmental concerns, some University students are going above and beyond just having solar-paneled roofs. During college and after, many students participate in learning...

University’s environmental requirement draws criticism

February 14, 2006

In a fast-paced and quickly changing world, new technology and modern approaches to education are vital. The University's liberal education requirements include four designed themes and cores. Of those,...

Energy efficiency conference held at U

February 10, 2006

In an era of oil addiction and dependency, a new movement is exploring petroleum alternatives and opportunities to optimize motor vehicle efficiency. On Thursday, the dean of the College of Biological...

Spearfishers take a stab at sport with limits, detractors

February 9, 2006

Sporting long underwear, wool socks, a fishing decoy and a bait bucket is all one needs to enter the world of spearfishing. That and a seven-pronged fishing spear. Spearfishing, also known as darkhouse...

Central corridor line remains on track

February 6, 2006

Twin Cities officials are working to add to the Hiawatha light rail line and build on its success with another transit line. The central corridor proposal is for an 11-mile transit line connecting downtown...

U chips in to keep green

February 1, 2006

From the greenhouses in St. Paul to the toilets in Middlebrook Hall, the University finds ways to be environmentally conscious. The University saves money by being green and administering environmentally...

Bell Museum unveils travelogue series

January 30, 2006

Speakers are congregating at the University's Bell Museum of Natural History to share their research and photographs along with some of their own exotic tales. Sunday was the kickoff to the four-part series...

St. Paul ban smokes out critics, supporters

January 25, 2006

With the domino effect of smoking bans storming across the nation, some people are breathing cleaner air and some people are experiencing foggier business. The City Council voted 4-3 on outlawing smoking...

Bright future ahead near U

January 25, 2006

The residents of the Southeast Como neighborhood are working to save the environment and are saving money while they are at it. Thirty-nine business owners, landlords and residents signed up with the Southeast...

Local Ethiopia group votes

January 20, 2006

The Ethiopian Community in Minnesota task force will have elections Saturday at the St. Paul Student Center. The elections will conclude with the filling of nine executive positions from among 17 candidates. Mistir...

Reduce, reuse, get some stuff for cheap

January 19, 2006

In between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses lies a hotbed for purchasing used appliances, equipment and furniture, open to students and the general public. Mountains of school desks and towers of...

Environmental coordinator working on University turf

January 18, 2006

The Southeast Como Improvement Association's environmental coordinator, Justin Eibenholzl, works to make the air cleaner, the water clearer and the roses smell a little sweeter in the neighborhood. Southeast...

Fairview, health workers negotiate

December 14, 2005

The University Medical Center, Fairview, is talking health care contracts with its health care workers. Negotiations started last week. The health care workers contract expires Feb. 28. The Service Employee...

Union agreement depends on votes

December 13, 2005

This week the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees council will mail ballots to their local unions. The locals will vote on whether to accept the tentative agreement with the University. On...

Paint work draws flak

December 8, 2005

It doesn't take a Vincent Van Gogh or a Paul Czanne to earn big bucks in the art of painting houses. Newspaper ads and fliers on campus not only boast of making money, but also of learning about the business...

Mediators aid contract resolution

December 6, 2005

When dealing with multimillion dollar contracts and the possibilities of protests, picket lines and strikes, a helping hand sometimes is crucial. Minnesota's Bureau of Mediation Services governs collective...

U looks to up grad rates

December 2, 2005

Getting students into college with fancy brochures and flashy guided tours around campus is one thing, but getting them out is another. Sometimes colleges that seem to be similar have very different graduation...

U, unions reach tentative deal

November 29, 2005

After four months of bargaining, approximately 30 trips to the negotiating table and 22 straight hours of negotiating, the University and the American Federal State, County and Municipal Employees unions...

Two U students pump up the jam with DJ businesses

November 21, 2005

Investing in fraternity parties and bat mitzvahs by launching a disc jockey business cashes in for some young entrepreneurs. Two University students are taking business into their own hands and have entered...

Course integrates older adults into education equation

November 14, 2005

With the oldest of the baby boomers approaching their 60s, demand is booming for educational programs catering to these individuals. The University's department of work and human resource education will...

Service offers students help navigating legal system

November 11, 2005

Even if you're not studying law, as a college student, knowing your rights and how the legal system works can be beneficial. The University Student Legal Service provides legal assistance to students....

Unions conduct survey

November 7, 2005

Late-night trips to Wal-Mart for groceries and splitting medications in half to save money are all part of the financial game, according to a survey conducted by labor unions at the University. In January...

Speaker drives case against free parking

November 4, 2005

In a typical metropolitan area, a vehicle drives an average of three times around a city block to find a parking spot. "After a few years, the mileage covered by those vehicles searching for a parking...

AFSCME looks to Teamsters contract in own negotiation

November 1, 2005

For its final proposal, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union dropped all noneconomic issues and are demanding a replication of the Teamsters contract settlement. The University...

School of Public Health interim dean moves to top

October 31, 2005

After 14 months of searching and 60 candidate interviews, John Finnegan was named the new dean of the School of Public Health. The appointment, made by Frank Cerra, senior vice president for Health Sciences,...

Some business and IT majors in high demand

October 25, 2005

It is a safe bet most college graduates would like their major to provide them with financial security. According to the Job Outlook 2005 Survey, the five most in-demand college majors were business administration...

University and union unable to find agreement

October 25, 2005

After another round of negotiations last week, the University and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union members could not reach an agreement. Negotiations began at 8:30...

U budget a balancing act

October 21, 2005

Managing a checkbook can be tedious for some people, but so can managing the finances of one of the largest universities in the nation. With unions picketing before their offices along with limited state...

Professor leads forum discussing military abuse

October 17, 2005

Steven Miles, professor of medicine and a faculty member in the Center for Bioethics, launched the first Harvard Street Forum on Friday calling attention to military medicine and torture. The Harvard Street...

Best-selling author turns to engaging students as prof

October 12, 2005

On a regular basis, University associate professor Alexs Pate veers between correcting college essays and signing New York Times best-sellers. In the literary world, Pate is best known for his fiction...